Our Sunday best: London calling sidebar

Behind the wheel “You’re going to get a workout,” said Francisco Rodriquez despite the cold, windy day. He explains that the lack of power steering and the need for a heavy foot on the brakes would soon warm me up in the exposed “cockpit” of the bus. A few decades back when I first got behind […]

January 08, 2012 | Posted in Our Sunday Best | Tagged ,

London calling: Behind the wheel at Unitrans

When first approached with the idea of training a couple of Enterprise staffers for a story, Unitrans’ Scott Weintraub said his main goal would be to get the word out about safety. Namely, Unitrans is incredibly safe.

Said Weintraub, assistant general manager for operations, “Compare Unitrans’ safety record with any other public transportation system … we’re head and shoulders above others.”

And with the challenges of driving in Davis — pedestrians who aren’t particularly mindful of the rules of the road combined with bicycles darting through traffic — safety is an especially laudable goal.

January 08, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories | Tagged ,

Fatal Woodland crash blamed on impaired driver

A Woodland man is dead and two others hospitalized following a Friday night car crash that resulted in the driver’s arrest on manslaughter charges, according to the California Highway Patrol. The crash occurred at about 9 p.m. as the 22-year-old male driver, whose name was not released as of Saturday morning, took the County Road […]

January 08, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Alleged car thief rams police car, goes to jail

Months of stolen-vehicle activity in the city of Davis took a dramatic turn early Friday morning when a suspected car thief rammed a patrol vehicle that was hot on his tail, authorities said. Lt. Paul Doroshov said officers have reported a sharp increase in the number of vehicles — mostly Honda and Acura models — […]

January 08, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Garden Doctor: Reducing olive production, caring for citrus

Question: What growth bears the fruit on olive trees? Do they need fertilizer? When do you prune olive trees? Is there anything you can spray on the tree so it doesn’t produce so much fruit? Answer: Olive trees (Olea europaea L.) have been cultivated since before recorded history. They grow best in a Mediterranean climate such as […]

January 08, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Wolk honored for her representation of rural counties

The Regional Council of Rural Counties has announced that it will honor Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, for her representation of rural counties. Wolk was chosen for the Patti Mattingly Award for her leadership on a wide range of issues, including her efforts to help preserve the authority of local agencies to address their fiscal problems […]

January 08, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Two pit bulls impounded after attack in Woodland

The Yolo County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Section has impounded two pit bull dogs for an attack in the Woodland area, the agency announced Friday. On Thursday morning, Animal Services impounded a tan-and-white pit-bull mix and a black-and-white pit-bull mix that were running loose in Woodland in the vicinity of West Woodland Avenue and North […]

January 08, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Police warn of catalytic converter thefts

The catalytic converter thieves are at it again. Davis police received five reports of catalytic converter thefts from vehicles on Dec. 27 and 28, according to a crime alert issued this week. Most occurred in West Davis, where the thieves targeted Toyota pickups and sport-utility vehicles during the late-night and early morning hours. “These thefts […]

January 08, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Yolo DA opposes bid for new Topete trial

A Yolo Superior Court judge was “proper” in his removal of a juror from the death-penalty trial of Marco Topete, whose bid for a new trial should be denied, prosecutors said in a court document filed Thursday. In a response to a motion by Topete’s defense attorneys for a new trial, Supervising Deputy District Attorney […]

January 08, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

I-House offers calligraphy class

A class in beginning calligraphy is planned from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, in the Community Room at International House, Davis, 10 College Park. The workshop will be free but instructor Marlene Lee will charge $15 to cover materials and copy fees. The maximum class size is 12. To reserve a space, contact […]

February 16, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Unemployment rate falls to 8.5 pct., hiring surges

WASHINGTON (AP) — A burst of hiring in December pushed the unemployment rate to its lowest level in nearly three years, giving the economy a boost at the end of 2011. The Labor Department said Friday that employers added a net 200,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate fell to 8.5 percent, the lowest […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Brown releases budget proposal

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown made his first campaign pitch in releasing his 2012-13 budget proposal, telling Californians they must choose between paying higher taxes or accepting cuts that would result in three weeks less school, higher college tuition fees and fewer staff to patrol the state’s scenic forests and beaches. The Democratic governor […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Big money gets people’s attention

A SOLUTION IN SEARCH OF A CAUSE … my friend Stephen at dcn.org says he “wondered about Alan Pryor’s statement that the city spends ‘in excess of $200,000 a year to pay for labor to pick up plastic bag litter.’” … Think we were all wondering about that one and asking where we can apply […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Davis musician thrives as composer-for-hire

Music tells a special story, of love and laughter, heartache and sorrow or blessings and joy.

For Sarah Majorins of Davis, capturing these emotions in a melody is more than just a passion, it’s a business, too. She writes music for special occasions — including church services, weddings, concerts, new songs that go into albums, and more.

Working from her family’s East Davis home, she provides new arrangements of familiar hymns, as well as original material, to customers around the country, using the Internet to move sheet music and sound files back and forth.

She has long been an active musician.

“My dad (David George) is a pastor, at Valley Springs Church in Roseville. So I’ve been involved in church music my entire life,” she says.

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,